Tim Tucker

Tim Tucker covers stories at the intersection of sports and business as well as assisting in coverage of University of Georgia and SEC sports and major Atlanta sporting events. He has been on the AJC staff for more than three decades and has covered a wide range of sports beats, including the Braves and UGA.

Latest from Tim Tucker

Tennessee’s Pruitt ‘excited to get this era started’
 Perhaps no SEC team is more eager to turn the page to a new season than Tennessee, which last year went winless in the league (0-8) for the first time in school history and then went through a tumultuous search for a new head coach.  The Volunteers finally hired Jeremy Pruitt, but not before changing athletic directors mid-search, and...

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Perhaps no SEC team is more eager to turn the page to a new season than Tennessee, which last year went winless in the league (0-8) for the first time in school history and then went through a tumultuous search for a new head coach.  The Volunteers finally hired Jeremy Pruitt, but not before changing athletic directors mid-search, and...
‘No talk about expansion,’ College Football Playoff exec says
 College Football Playoff officials continue to have no inclination to expand the event beyond four teams, the CFP’s executive director said Wednesday at SEC Media Days.  “There is no talk about expansion among the university presidents and the conference commissioners who sit on our boards,” Bill Hancock said at the...

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College Football Playoff officials continue to have no inclination to expand the event beyond four teams, the CFP’s executive director said Wednesday at SEC Media Days.  “There is no talk about expansion among the university presidents and the conference commissioners who sit on our boards,” Bill Hancock said at the...
Warrick Dunn gets Super Bowl role as Atlanta countdown hits 200 days
 The countdown to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta marked a  milestone Wednesday – 200 days to go – with an announcement that former Falcons star Warrick Dunn will serve as honorary captain of the large team of volunteers being recruited to help stage the mega-event.  Dunn was chosen by the Atlanta Super Bowl Host...

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The countdown to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta marked a milestone Wednesday – 200 days to go – with an announcement that former Falcons star Warrick Dunn will serve as honorary captain of the large team of volunteers being recruited to help stage the mega-event.  Dunn was chosen by the Atlanta Super Bowl Host...
Ticket packages for Atlanta’s Super Bowl offer luxury — at a price 
 Want to watch the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium from a 50-yard-line club seat, attend a three-hour pregame party at the Georgia World Congress Center and stroll onto the field for the winning team’s postgame celebration?  All of that comes with a hefty price: $17,500 per person.  That’s the high end of ticket packages...

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Want to watch the Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium from a 50-yard-line club seat, attend a three-hour pregame party at the Georgia World Congress Center and stroll onto the field for the winning team’s postgame celebration?  All of that comes with a hefty price: $17,500 per person.  That’s the high end of ticket packages...
Georgia’s J.R. Reed goes from lightly regarded recruit to Media Days spotlight
 As a high school senior, he was a two-star recruit, the 1,856th best college-football prospect in the nation, according to one composite ranking. When he transferred from Tulsa to Georgia in 2016, he remained a far-below-the-radar player. But Georgia thinks so highly of safety J.R. Reed now that he was one of three players representing the...

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As a high school senior, he was a two-star recruit, the 1,856th best college-football prospect in the nation, according to one composite ranking. When he transferred from Tulsa to Georgia in 2016, he remained a far-below-the-radar player. But Georgia thinks so highly of safety J.R. Reed now that he was one of three players representing the...
Leadoff: Five notes from Day 1 of SEC Media Days in Atlanta 
 Three teams -- Texas A&M, Kentucky and LSU -- took their turns at SEC Media Days in downtown Atlanta on Monday. Four more -- Georgia, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Florida -- will be on stage today. The event runs through Thursday at the College Football Hall of Fame and the adjacent Omni Atlanta Hotel. Here are five notes from Day 1: 1. Not that...

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Three teams -- Texas A&M, Kentucky and LSU -- took their turns at SEC Media Days in downtown Atlanta on Monday. Four more -- Georgia, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Florida -- will be on stage today. The event runs through Thursday at the College Football Hall of Fame and the adjacent Omni Atlanta Hotel. Here are five notes from Day 1: 1. Not that...
SEC Media Days event arrives in Atlanta
 SEC  Media Days, the league’s annual preview of a fast-approaching football season, landed in Atlanta after more than three decades in the Birmingham, Ala., area.  The four-day event, at which more than 1,000 media members will hear from coaches and players representing the 14 SEC football teams, began Monday at the College Football...

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SEC Media Days, the league’s annual preview of a fast-approaching football season, landed in Atlanta after more than three decades in the Birmingham, Ala., area.  The four-day event, at which more than 1,000 media members will hear from coaches and players representing the 14 SEC football teams, began Monday at the College Football...
Leadoff: Who will buy Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast?
 Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast, the Atlanta-based regional sports networks that televise Braves, Hawks and Atlanta United games, are in play for a new owner.  The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday approved 20th Century Fox’s proposed sale of certain entertainment assets to the Walt Disney Co. with the requirement...

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Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast, the Atlanta-based regional sports networks that televise Braves, Hawks and Atlanta United games, are in play for a new owner.  The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday approved 20th Century Fox’s proposed sale of certain entertainment assets to the Walt Disney Co. with the requirement...
Leadoff: Why a .500 stretch hasn’t dropped Braves in standings, and other notable numbers
 Some notes by the numbers:  17-17: That’s the first-place Braves’ record since May 20. You’d expect such a so-so stretch to cost a team in the standings, but no other National League East team is above .500 during that period, either. Through games of May 20, the Braves led the division by 1-1/2 games over the second-place...

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Some notes by the numbers:  17-17: That’s the first-place Braves’ record since May 20. You’d expect such a so-so stretch to cost a team in the standings, but no other National League East team is above .500 during that period, either. Through games of May 20, the Braves led the division by 1-1/2 games over the second-place...
Leadoff: Poll shows Freeman in big early lead  for NL MVP 
 If the 2018 National League MVP trophy were handed out this week, which of course it won’t be, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman would win it in a runaway.  At least that’s the conclusion of MLB.com’s latest poll of Baseball Writers Association of America members, published Tuesday.   Freeman received 117...

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If the 2018 National League MVP trophy were handed out this week, which of course it won’t be, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman would win it in a runaway.  At least that’s the conclusion of MLB.com’s latest poll of Baseball Writers Association of America members, published Tuesday.   Freeman received 117...
Atlanta’s Super Bowl launches ‘Legacy 53’ program
 The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee announced Tuesday a community engagement initiative aimed at creating a lasting legacy  from the big game’s visit here next year.  Super Bowl LIII will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3, 2019, the event’s third time in Atlanta and first since 2000.  » Road to...

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The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee announced Tuesday a community engagement initiative aimed at creating a lasting legacy from the big game’s visit here next year.  Super Bowl LIII will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3, 2019, the event’s third time in Atlanta and first since 2000.  » Road to...